Marbled Card and Envelope Set

Every once in a while Studio Calico challenges the Creative Team to think up or find techniques and give them a new spin. My latest tutorial went live a few days ago (the post is linked in the footer under source) and it will teach you how to make a pretty card and envelope set with a DIY marbled pattern. 

I've done this before with wallpaper paste and oil paint but this one is much easier to do. You just need shaving cream of the foam variety and any kind of paint, spray mist, watercolor or a reader on the Studio Calico blog had the idea of doing this with reinkers. Here's how to make this: 

First, cut some card bases or notecards down to size and get your envelopes ready. I head tried with my regular #80 white cardstock and it didn't hold up all too well against the moist. If you have watercolor paper this works much better. 

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When you're ready, you got to prepare an old plate with a layer (I put on maybe 1/2") of the foam shaving cream. You can use an old plastic gift card to spread the shaving cream evenly on the plate. 

Next, you want to get your paints out and sprinkle/splatter a few different colors on top of the shaving cream. As I've mentioned before, you can basically use any paint you have. I've successfully tried with acrylic paints, Mister Huey's and Neocolor II watercolors and all looked lovely on paper. In order to create your marbled pattern, use a small paint brush or craft stick and swirl it around in the foam/paint mix.

Once  you like the pattern in the foam, you're ready to transfer the paint onto paper. To do this, just press a piece of cardstock or watercolor paper well into the surface of the colored shaving cream, then lift the paper up.

The color sets right into the paper and you can start right off to scrape of the shaving cream from your paper and set your finished artwork aside to dry. Then just repeat the process with the envelope flap so it coordinates with your card. Also you don't need to use a fresh layer of shaving foam every time. It lasts for quite a few sets if you keep in the same color range.

Once you are finished and the paper is completely dry, you can go ahead and decorate the paper and envelopes with stamps, die-cuts and stickers to your liking.

I told you it's easy - in fact, I think this is something you could try with kids, too, if you use, e.g., waterbased or even food coloring.  If you give this a try, please link me up in the comments. I'd love to see it!


Sweet Treats | Fry Box Packaging

When I opened my Studio Calico creative team box this month, there was this adorable french fry stamp set and an idea popped up in my head immediately: Let's make and use it on a fry box! I couldn't make it in time for reveal but the good thing is that it's finished now and I took a few extra photos so you guys can follow along with the process and make your own.

Step 1 - Gather your supplies! I changed out a few items as I was going but that's roughly what you need.

Step 2 - You have different options to create your fry box. For example, you can use an actual fry box, disassemble it and use that as a template. In this case, just trace your pattern onto cardstock and cut it out. If you don't have or want to use that but you have a Silhouette cutter - hooray! You can download the Fry Box template I made for the Silhouette Cameo.

Step 3 - Stamp and heat emboss a sentiment on the front of the box pattern. Haven't done it before? It's fairly simple: Stamp the sentiment with Versamark ink, pour embossing powder over it, then flick off the excess powder by tapping on the back. Lastly, use a heat gun to melt the powder into the paper. Done!

Step 4 - Flip the pattern around, so you can work on the "inside" of the box. I clustered a few sentiments from the french fry stamp set on an acrylic block and stamped them as a repeat pattern.

Step 5 - Assemble the box. First, fold the curve at the bottom of the box. If you use my Silhouette template, it's fairly easy since the bottom will be perforated. Apply a thin strip of adhesive tape on the inside flaps of the front and on the triangular side flaps. Fold triangle flaps up, then the front flaps over the back flaps and line them all up on the bottom edge.

Step 6 - Fill your box! I used Maoam sticks since the are fairly "fry shaped". Also, you can take this a step further and decorate the box more or package the sweets in clear foil.

… and basically that's it! An easy peasy and fast way to give a little something just because. Let me know what you think or how you plan to use it. Happy fright night, everyone!

PS: You still have until midnight (EST) to comment on my #SCinspires blog post for a chance to win a Studio Calico card kit!

Make Scratch-off Cards at Home

A promising title, right? When I think back to my childhood and think about surprise fun stuff coming in the mail, two things come to my mind: bubble wrap - it's still addicting, isn't isn't it? - and scratch-off tickets that came with catalogue mailings. And with the latter, winning something wasn't even important really. Just scratching off the layer and revealing what's underneath got me all excited, hehe :)

I had similar moment years when I noticed that my old paper trimmer can do perforation lines and a friend and I had a ridiculous few minutes just tearing paper apart when the inspiration for a mass birthday invitation just wouldn't spark.

But back to the topic - scratch-off cards! You can do these at home with stuff you surely already have on hand: acrylic paint, dish soap and scotch tape. Yep, that's all!

To make it easy for you to follow my directions to this technique and recreating my card, you can download the tutorial here. I'm curious to see in what direction you take this :)

Thanks for visiting!

Supplies (scratch-off and card):